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by Christian John Wikane

22 Jul 2009


Photo by Amy Driscoll

Two years after Beth Arentsen debuted her solo album, Sap (2007), the NYC-based singer-songwriter is preparing a follow-up EP entitled Nicer. The six-song set, produced by Arentsen with Lenae Harris and mixed by Eric Yoder, will drop next month and feature all new original material, including “Gossip Queen”, “Earthquake”, and “He Knows (My Heart)”.

This summer, Arentsen has debuted many of the new songs in a series of concerts held throughout New York entitled HopeStock: Music to Bailout Your Soul. Presented by Nona Hendryx and Spirit Sings, the next HopeStock show is slated for Sunday, July 26th at S.O.B.‘s in lower Manhattan and will feature a roster of artists that includes Arentsen, along with Maya Azucena, Bobby Long, iLLspoKinN (of Spokinn Movement), and a special appearance by Nona Hendryx with her band of Gypsies. At the show, Arentsen will also reunite with her former bass player in P-1, Tim Deuchler, along with her trio members Lenae Harris (cello) and Brian Wolfe (drums).

Later in August, Beth Arentsen will open for Ari Hest at Comcast Songwriters in the Park in Red Bank, NJ.

In this clip, Arentsen sings “He Knows (My Heart)” from a recent, sold-out appearance at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/betharentsen.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jul 2009


The Clientele
Bonfires on the Heath
(Merge)
Releasing: 6 October (US)

SONG LIST
01 I Wonder Who We Are
02 Bonfires on the Heath
03 Harvest Time
04 Never Anyone But You
05 Jennifer & Julia
06 Sketch
07 Tonight
08 Share the Night
09 I Know I’ll See Your Face
10 Never Saw Them Before
11 Graven Wood
12 Walking in the Park

The Clientele
I Wonder Who We Are [MP3]
     

Photo: Andy Willsher

Photo: Andy Willsher

by McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

21 Jul 2009


The following games are scheduled for release this week, according to GameSpot.com:

July 20:

The King of Fighters XII (X360 and PS3; genre: fighting games, rated T)

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jul 2009


Owen
New Leaves
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 22 September (US)

SONG LIST
01 New Leaves
02 Good Friends, Bad Habits
03 A Trenchant Critique
04 Never Been Born
05 Amnesia and Me
06 Brown Hair in a Bird’s Nest
07 Too Scared to Move
08 The Only Child of Aergia
09 Ugly on the Inside
10 Curtain Call

Owen
“Good Friends, Bad Habits” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2009


This past June Grizzly Bear played a Milwaukee show at the Pabst Theater and here’s a glimpse of that appearance.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

// Notes from the Road

"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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